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SETPOINT® CMS Software powered by OSIsoft PI®

SETPOINT® CMS Software powered by OSIsoft PI®

Condition monitoring for plant-wide asset health management.

SETPOINT® CMS is a comprehensive online condition monitoring software solution for critical machinery. It is designed for use in the hydrocarbon processing, petrochemical and power generation as well as other industries. SETPOINT® provides powerful visualization tools for analysis and machinery diagnostics of rotating and reciprocating machinery. The software connects directly to the VC-8000 machinery protection system for data acquisition. There is no need for additional hardware. For data visualization and distribution, data are seamlessly transmitted to the OSIsoft PI software widely in use in the aforementioned industries. Download the software for free! (See below.)   Read More

Why SETPOINT® stands out:

  • Open Interface
    The SETPOINT® system is the first to offer an open interface for communication of all data, including waveforms, rather than just overall values and statuses.  This fully open protocol affords more flexibility for users.
  • Simplicity
    SETPOINT® CMS software has been designed for unmatched ease-of-use.  Its simple “toggle pushbutton” user interface allows you to easily see which plot types have been selected, which points have been selected, which parameters have been selected, and to easily select/de-select attributes without navigating complex menu structures that may normally be hidden.
  • Playback
    An innovative playback feature allows historical data to be played back like a video, making it easy to watch how a plot has changed over time and pause at points of interest.  The playback feature is implemented on both static and dynamic plot types to see how a waveform, trend or other data changes over time.
  • Near-Lossless Data Compression 
    The SETPOINT® CMS system takes advantage of a powerful firmware capability within the VC-8000 machinery protection system that automatically characterizes complex waveform data based on how much it has changed from prior samples.  Data is characterized in multiple ways – not just overall amplitude, changing speed (delta rpm), and whether in alarm or not.  It can characterize data by changes in vibration phase, frequency content, and many other parameters.  This allows both waveform and static data to be collected and characterized dozens of times each second, yet stored only when a new sample sufficiently differs from a prior sample.  This pioneering technology gives users the best of both worlds: it collects all data, all the time, but only stores it when a sufficiently large difference exists between a new sample and prior samples, providing highly effective and near-lossless data compression that does not discard valuable information.
  • The Power of PI®
    OSISoft’s PI System is the world’s most widely used platform for storage and visualization of real time data.  It enjoys over 1400 installations globally in the power generation, hydrocarbon processing, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, forest products, and dozens of other process industries.  This extremely large installed base means that PI has proven itself for decades as a robust real time database suitable for the most critical applications – including nuclear power – with outstanding security models that work seamlessly across firewalls and satisfy even the most demanding IT criteria. SETPOINT® is proud to base the core of our condition monitoring offering on the proven PI System platform, using it as the repository for our condition monitoring data and its powerful Asset Framework (AF) features for organizing measurement points across assets, plants, and enterprises.
  • IT Compatibility
    Asking your IT department to endorse yet another application with different server requirements, different remote access requirements, and different security models can be daunting.  Because the PI System is so widely used, chances are that your company is already using PI.  Thus, you can simply extend your existing PI System rather than qualifying and deploying a different system.  For those customers not already using PI, the SETPOINT® CMS solution can function as a stand-alone package that is minimally intrusive to existing systems and infrastructures while able to satisfy even the most stringent IT requirements.
  • Interoperability
    Because the PI System features thousands of engineered software interfaces, it can communicate with virtually every commercially available process control and automation system through an enormous library of PI Interface software available from OSISoft.  This means that users can easily import and export data in real time from the SETPOINT® CMS system so that data from disparate systems can be visualized and analyzed at the same time.
  • Affordability
    SETPOINT® CMS software is refreshingly affordable and many installations will see savings exceeding 40% compared to competing systems.  Each VC-8000 machinery protection system incurs a modest per-monitoring-module adder to turn on the rack’s CMS communications port.  Appropriate server software is then installed on the host computer(s), much of which may already be available at sites that are already using PI.  Data visualization is provided through PI ProcessBook® software, and through the SETPOINT® CMS display client (available from our website at no charge).  SETPOINT® CMS software extends the basic data visualization capabilities in PI ProcessBook to encompass the rich suite of plot types pertinent to rotating and reciprocating machinery vibration analysis and condition monitoring.
  • Adaptability
    While SETPOINT® CMS software can also be used with machinery protection systems from other suppliers.  Simply use the VC-8000 hardware as a data acquisition interface by connecting to the buffered outputs of the other system.  When it is time to upgrade the underlying machinery protection system, the SETPOINT® system can be left in place and connected directly to the existing transducers, then configured to perform both machinery protection and condition monitoring functions.
  • Scalability
    The PI architecture is highly scalable, allowing additional points to be added easily.  These new points can come from additional VC-8000 racks, process points originating elsewhere in the plant, or simply the insertion of additional modules into an existing VC-8000 rack for new channels.  A single server can typically provide adequate storage capacity and data streaming/archiving speeds to address 500 monitoring channels or more.



Latest enhancements to the SETPOINT® CMS (Release 2019):

Spectral bands

One of the important hallmarks of diagnostics is that specific machine faults can be identified in a spectrum by specific frequency components. A spectral band is the vibration content of a range of the important frequencies converted into a single scalar overall value (in RMS) so it can be trended. A change in amplitude of these spectral bands over time is typically a good indicator of a developing specific machine fault and its severity. An example is shown in Figure 2. The spectral bands can be applied independent from the VC-8000 hardware but require connection to an OSIsoft PI® server.

QuickView Links (Navigation Bookmarks)

In a plant-wide condition monitoring installation, there can be several machines in an alarm situation and you have to find out quickly why and take action. The bookmark function helps you achieve this.

An alarm is seen on the non-driven end of the pump in Figure 1. To find out more about what is causing the alarm, click on the SETPOINT® CMS icon below the pump.

You will then be linked to the relevant set of trend plots that are associated with the alarm situation. These plots can be saved. This allows you to save both the set of plots you need plus the corresponding timeline (the last 24 h) for diagnostics. As every link to the CMS has a URL, you can access this information from any web browser. Further diagnostic information can be found by clicking on the SETPOINT® CMS icons


The 3 basic components of the VC-8000/SETPOINT® system:

Setpoint CMS Software Graph

VC-8000 Machinery Protection System

The VC-8000 rack is an API 670-compliant machinery protection system that uses two basic module types to continuously monitor machinery data: Universal Monitoring Modules (UMMs) and Temperature Monitoring Modules (TMMs). The fundamental task for these modules is to continuously monitor the signals from connected sensors, condition the signals into multiple measurement parameters for each sensor, and compare these measurements against alarm setpoints.

The real-time data collected by these modules are streamed down the rack’s backplane to the System Access Module (SAM) where the digitized, encoded data is available at the CMS port via a Gigabit Ethernet port. The protocol used for this interface is open. An engineered interface exists allowing it to directly communicate with OSISoft’s PI software. Communication with other systems is also available by anyone wishing to write an interface supporting our protocol.

Server Software

The VC-8000 rack communicates directly with server software running on a host computer. This computer is normally a server-grade rack-mount machine running Microsoft® Windows, PI Server Software, PI AF Server Software, and Microsoft SQL Server software. These software packages work in concert to collect and historize the real-time data supplied by the VC-8000 rack. The data is then available to other PI servers and clients throughout the organization using local and wide area networks. Remote access is also available using the internet and standard, secure VPN (Virtual Private Networking) technology.

Client Software

The client software provides the data visualization tools needed to view historized and real-time vibration and process data in the OSIsoft PI® sever. Two tightly integrated client software packages are used in tandem to view data: An OSIsoft visualization client (PI® Vision or PI® ProcessBook) and SETPOINT® CMS.

The OSIsoft visualization client allows you to navigate to points of interest using highly intuitive, highly customized plant overview and machine train mimic diagrams. Once one or more points of interest have been selected in the OSIsoft visualization client, you can view trends, statuses, current values, and other data, just as from any other point in a PI process historian implementation.  From there, you can drill down even deeper into the data than standard PI® visualization tools allow by means of our SETPOINT® CMS Display client.  It is used specifically used for viewing vibration waveforms via plot types that are not available in OSIsoft visualization tools.

SETPOINT® CMS software can also operate independently of any OSIsoft visualization tools if desired, providing full functionality for navigating to points of interest and displaying trend information, alarms, and vibration waveforms, allowing powerful analysis capabilities.


We offer extensive training and support for all our products and systems.

Our worldwide team of experienced field engineers stands by to make sure your system is tailored for your needs.

Please refer to our Technical Support or to our Training Dept. for more information.

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